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BEGONIA 'Benitochiba'

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Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.

Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA 'Benitochiba'

Plant Common Name

Begonia, River Nile Begonia

Special Notice

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General Description

The River Nile begonia's stunning metallic pink and silver foliage is complemented by salmon-pink flowers by very late winter. This tender herbaceous perennial is the result of extensive hybridization and is classified as a rex begonia. Each upright leaf is comprised of many long, oval, jagged-edged leaflets that are silver with green veins, but have varying blushes of purple or pink. In the coolness of fall and winter the leaves tend to be much more pink. In very early spring small salmon to coral-pink blossoms appear on stems just below the height of the leaves.

Plant River Nile begonia in a moist, well-drained, acidic to neutral soil in very bright shade. Making a wonderful but challenging houseplant, it must have consistent high humidity to prevent leaf browning, moist but soil that is never soggy, and excellent air circulation. Outdoors it can be grown as a seasonal bedding annual in shade or in a container. In frost-free regions, River Nile begonia is an alluring shade groundcover or as an accent planted among bromeliads and ferns. Since this is a rex begonia type, it will quickly falter in extremely hot and humid summer weather.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    22"-30" / 55.9cm - 76.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Rose, Salmon, Coral

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Purple, Dark Green, Pink, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Purple, Dark Green, Pink, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Dark Green, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Purple, Pink, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Feature Plant, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No